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Mom’s Big Day! – Mother’s Day Happenings

Kathi Caldwell-Hopper - April 29, 2011

Take Mom out on the beautiful waters of Lake Winnipesaukee and treat her to a delicious and memorable Mother’s Day Brunch & Cruise on the M/S Mount Washington on Sunday, May 8. The cruise offers two departure times: 10 am and 2 pm from the Weirs Beach dock. Brunch is a delectable meal with lots of goodies from which to choose. After your meal, accompany Mom as she browses around the huge Mount Washington. If the weather is fine, enjoy the passing scenery from on deck in one of the many seats set throughout the ship for your relaxation. The cruises sell out, so call now to reserve your Mother’s Day Brunch Cruise tickets at 366-5531 or get tickets online at

Moms and flowers seem to go together naturally. For a unique and unforgettable Mother’s Day adventure, take your Mom to the Mother’s Day Special at Tarbin Gardens in Franklin. Moms are admitted free when accompanied by a ticker payer on May 8. Plan to spend the afternoon strolling the incredibly beautiful grounds of Tarbin Gardens, the only landscaped garden in NH open to the public. There will be an educational tour at 11 am lasting about an hour. This is a great chance to get gardening advice from the experts; the Tarbin family specializes in unusual flowers, shrubs and trees. The gardens are located at 321 Salisbury Road in Franklin. Call 934-3518 for tickets and reservations.

Does Mom love a train ride? If so, head to the Conway Scenic Railroad for their Mothers’ Day Special on May 8 when Moms ride free in Coach when accompanied by one or more of her children. Moms can choose to ride First Class for free when accompanied by another paying adult. Complimentary appetizers will be served in the First Class Parlor Car. (Those who are late in getting a gift for Mom can visit the train station’s Brass Whistle gift shop with lots of unusual gifts.) Visit or call 1-800-232-5251.

Women have long served their country during times of war and peace. To honor women in the service, the Wright Museum at 77 Center St. in Wolfeboro is offering all mothers free admission to the museum on May 8 (when accompanied by family members). The museum offers a fascinating look back at the World War II days when both men and women on the home front, as well as abroad, all did their part in the fight for freedom. Call the Wright Museum at 569-1212.

If Mom loves music, head to a special concert called A Choral Celebration (commemorating the Pemi Society’s 38th season) featuring the Pemi Choral Society at Plymouth State University’s Hanaway Theatre at the Silver Center on Sunday, May 8. The show is at 3 pm. For ticket information, call 535-ARTS.

If Mom is a theatre buff, take her to see Shakespeare’s As You Lie It in Wolfeboro. Here’s the details: Perform It! Young People’s Stage Company presents Shakespeare’s romantic comedy As You Like It   May 6 – 8 at the Village Players theater in Wolfeboro.  One of Shakespeare’s most spirited and exuberant comedies, As You Like It is full of devious plots, disguises, and romantic mix-ups. Perform It! Young People’s Stage Company has won many awards including the 2009 Moss Hart award for the best theater production in New England. Director Jan Helling Croteau adjusts the scripts, adding helpful narrators and incorporating music so that the plays are vibrant productions for all ages. Many volunteers produce the spectacular sets, glittering costumes, and lighting effects.  Perform It! Young People’s Stage Company, now in its 17th year, is one of the few Shakespearean theater companies in the United States exclusively acted by young people.  Learn more at  Performances are May 6 and 7 at 7:30, and Sunday, May 8, at 2:00.  Tickets are $ 10.00 for adults and $ 5.00 for children 12 and under in advance, and $ 12.00 for adults and $ 6.00 for children at the door.  Tickets will be available at The Country Bookseller in Wolfeboro, by calling 569-6401, or by emailing

What better place to spend Mother’s Day than at a castle? The beautiful Castle in the Clouds in Moultonboro will offer a Special Mother’s Day Brunch on May 8. Castle chefs have prepared a delicious brunch for Mom for the Castle’s opening weekend at the Carriage House. Diners need reservations please call 476-5900, ext. 203. 

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